Professional Development

FREE Online PD from NAfME

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, necessitating many Music Education Associations (MEAs) cancel conferences, NAfME has made over 100 hours of FREE Online PD available to EVERYONE! Webinars and journal articles are easily accessible 24/7!

The following professional development resources have been made available for free:

All NAfME professional development is peer-reviewed and specifically developed for music educators by music educators.

Upon successful completion of the article/quiz and accompanying quiz (75% or higher), you earn a certificate of completion valued at “one contact hour.”

Please contact JJ Norman, [email protected], with any questions you may have.

For more information, visit Free professional development clock hours on the NAfME website.


Virtual Learning Resources for Music Educators

Ideas from NAfME Members for Fellow Music Educators

To assist NAfME members with the current challenges of teaching and pursuing professional development virtually, members of NAfME Societies and Councils have provided a list of Virtual Learning Resources from their own original teaching experiences, music educators in their school districts, universities, communities, peers or other trusted sources. We thank them for their assistance and commitment to NAfME members as we all pull together to keep educating and making music.

Additionally, starting with 2 webinars this Thursday afternoon and evening (March 26), NAfME will host regular Professional Learning Community webinars on various topics:

Register now for free Professional Learning Community webinars

The resource page will be updated regularly. Please let music educators know about these resources!

UNC-Pembroke 2020 Music Education Lecture Series

We are pleased to announce that our UNC-Pembroke 2020 Music Education Lecture Series will be offered virtually via WebEx. Join us for a discussion on the relevant current issues that affect our music profession, our students and our communities.

This year’s topics and guests include:

    • Teaching Music in Covid Times:
      Meeting the Challenge
      September 14, 2020 6:00 p.m.


    • How to Prepare Virtual Performance
      Laura Sam, Meredith College
      October 12, 2020 6:00 p.m


    • Building Outstanding Music Programs
      Phillip Riggs, Grammy Educator of the Year Winner
      November 9, 2020 6:00 p.m


    • Instrument Repair
      John Hudson, Edwards Music
      January 11, 2021 6:00 p.m


    • Diversity in Music Education
      Lois Wiggins, University of Kentucky
      February 8, 2021 6:00 p.m


    • Alumni Roundtable:
      Serving the Community
      March 8, 2021 6:00 p.m

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Free Webinars for Students Considering Collegiate Music Studies

Attention colleagues! This fall, Queens University is offering a series of webinars geared towards students considering collegiate music studies. They are free of charge – please pass along to your students!

Topics include:

  • A Day in the Life: Being a Music Therapist
Hosted by Queens Faculty member Prof. Meg Johnson
9/24/2020 from 6:00-7:00 pm
  • Preparing for a Collegiate Music Audition
    Hosted by Queens Faculty member Dr. Justin Smith
    10/21/2020 from 6:00-7:00 pm
  • Grab that Scholarship! How can music help pay for college?
    Hosted by Queens faculty member Prof. Peter deVries
    11/10/2020 from 6:00-7:00 pm

Arts Education Social & Emotional Learning Framework

Arts Education and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Framework is designed to illuminate the intersection between arts education and social-emotional learning to allow for the intentional application of appropriate teaching and learning strategies, with the overarching goal of enhancing Arts Education.

Yamaha Resources for Online Teaching

Yamaha wants to help music educators as you explore options and search for resources to facilitate online teaching.

Since teaching face-to-face is not possible, Yamaha’s educational partners and other companies are offering resources and solutions, including free lesson plans and subscriptions, to help you navigate these unchartered waters to teach music in new and creative ways.

Educational Outreach From The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own”

As we are all adapting to safe, social distancing regulations, the Soldiers of Pershing’s Own are excited to share some fun tools and musical tricks-of-the-trade via our United We Stand virtual space. Over the next several weeks, we’ll be rolling out some new music education content for your use and enjoyment.

For teachers and students at all levels, as well as many parents, we know there is a real need for finding quality educational tools and content. We hope you enjoy what our world-class musicians have created to help us all stay connected through music.

Stay safe, stay strong, and stand united.

NC Symphony Education Concert

Thank you all for sharing information about our virtual Education Concert last week. The video is now our most-viewed of all time, with nearly 3,500 views!

Over the next 6 weeks, we will be rolling out lesson plans and activities that coincide with each piece on this video. The first lesson is now posted on our website here: – Password: 1932

Check back on Tuesdays for new lessons and activities.